Information on Available State and Federal Grants December 1998 Vol. 12, #12
New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver

Inside Info on...

• William B. Hoyt
Memorial Children
and Family Trust Fund

• Homeless Housing and
Assistance Program

• Emergency Home Repair Program
for the Elderly (RESTORE)

• New York State
HOME Program

• Low Income Housing
Trust Fund Program (HTF)

• Advanced

Prevention of HIV
and other Important Health
Problems Among Youth

•Culturally Diverse Academic Institutions (CDAI) Fellowships for Undergraduate and Graduate Environmental Study

• Grant Writing Workshop

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Laura Koennecke
1 Commerce Plaza, Suite1125
Albany, NY 12260
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...On the State Level

William B. Hoyt Memorial Children and Family Trust Fund

NYS Office of Children and Family Services

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) expects to release a Request For Proposals (RFP) under the William B. Hoyt Memorial Children and Family Trust Fund. The trust fund was created as a source of funding for the prevention and treatment of family violence. By law, 40% of the funds will be awarded to child abuse and neglect prevention programs; 40% to domestic violence and elder abuse prevention and services programs; and 20% to regional and statewide family violence prevention programs. The purpose of these funds is to develop and expand on existing support services and ensure appropriate and effective interventions for individuals who experience family violence.

ELIGIBILITY: Incorporated not-for-profit and local public agencies are eligible. State agencies are not eligible. Priority will be given to those with the greatest need.

FUNDING: Approximately $881,000 (combining state and federal funds) will be available for new and/or expanded child abuse prevention and family resource programs, in amounts ranging from $30,000 to $125,000. Approximately $481,000 will be available for domestic violence/elder abuse programs, in amounts ranging from $30,000 to $80,000. Approximately $260,000 will be available for regional and statewide family violence prevention programs, such as the coordination of a statewide training seminar for grantees, public awareness activities, public education and training, etc.

DEADLINE: A date of mid-winter 1999 is anticipated at this time.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Ms. Ronnie Adams, OCFS, Division of Development and Prevention Services, 40 North Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12243; telephone (518) 474-9604.

Homeless Housing and Assistance Program

NYS Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation (HHAC)

The New York State Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation and the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance will make available funds under a 1998-99 Request For Proposal (RFP) for the Homeless Housing and Assistance Program (HHAP).

Under HHAP, grants and loans are provided to acquire, construct and rehabilitate housing for persons who are or would otherwise be homeless. Eligible projects may provide permanent, transitional or emergency supportive housing to homeless single individuals or families, including such special needs populations as mentally disabled and persons with AIDS.

Applicants must request, in writing, the RFP and application before December 14, 1998. Attendance at pre-proposal conferences is mandatory.

ELIGIBILITY: Not-for-profit corporations and their subsidiaries and charitable organizations, as well as municipalities, public corporations, and public housing authorities are eligible.

FUNDING: $30 million.

DEADLINE: Requests for RFPs and applications must be received by December 14, 1998. Applications must be submitted by March 15, 1999.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Jaquetta Treece at (518) 432-0103. To receive a copy of the RFP and application, either mail a written request to Felicia Sales, Bureau of Supported Housing Development, 488 Broadway, Room 201, Albany, NY 12243 or fax your request to (518) 432-0107.

Emergency Home Repair Program for the Elderly (RESTORE)

NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation

RESTORE funds may be used to pay for the cost of emergency repairs to eliminate hazardous conditions in homes owned by the elderly when the homeowners cannot afford to make the repairs in a timely fashion.

To be eligible for assistance, homeowners must be 60 years of age or older with an income that does not exceed 80 percent of the area median income.

Work undertaken cannot exceed $5,000 per building. Funds must be used for low-income elderly owner-occupied households in one- to four- unit owner occupied dwellings. The program permits not-for-profit corporations to use up to 7.5 percent of the award to cover administrative costs. Municipalities can use up to 5 percent for administrative costs.

ELIGIBILITY: Not-for-profit corporations and municipalities are eligible.

FUNDING: $400,000 is available statewide.

DEADLINE: March 22, 1999.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact your nearest Regional Office listed below.

Regional Offices: Albany Regional Office, Frank McKay, Regional Director, 119 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210; telephone (518) 432-0596. Buffalo Regional Office, Thomas Van Nortwick, Regional Director, Statler Towers, 107 Delaware Avenue, Suite 600, Buffalo, NY 14202; telephone (716) 842-2244. New York City Regional Office, Sharon Ebert, Regional Director, 25 Beaver Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10004; telephone (212) 480-7165. Syracuse Regional Office, Frank McKay, Regional Director, 800 South Wilbur Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13204; mailing address: P.O. Box 1127, Syracuse, NY 13201; telephone (315) 473-6930.

New York State HOME Program

NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation

The HOME Program funds a variety of activities through partnerships with counties, towns, cities, villages, private developers, and community-based non-profit housing organizations. The program provides funds to acquire, rehabilitate, or construct housing, or to provide assistance to low-income home-buyers and renters.

HOME Program funds may only be used to assist households with incomes at or below 80% of area median income. Rental projects must primarily serve households with income at or below 60% of area median income. Assisted rental units must remain affordable for a period of between five and 20 years, depending on the initial amount of subsidy provided for the project.

HOME Program funds may be used to pay for acquisition, rehabilitation, construction, and certain related soft costs. Funds may also be used for relocation costs, tenant-based rental assistance, down-payment and closing costs, and some administration and planning costs. Funds may only be used with respect to residential housing.

ELIGIBILITY: Any private for-profit or not-for-profit entity that can demonstrate the capacity to develop and operate a qualifying project is eligible to apply. Units of general local government that have not been designated by HUD as participating jurisdictions and not-for-profit corporations that meet certain administrative tests may also apply as local program administrators. Jurisdictions which receive HOME Program funding directly from the federal government may not apply for New York State HOME Program funds.

FUNDING: Approximately $24 million. Seed money loans of up to $45,000 per project is also available and may be requested at any time through the regional office.

DEADLINE: February 8, 1999 for project funding. March 22, 1999 for program funding.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact your regional representative listed under the RESTORE program.

Low Income Housing Trust Fund Program (HTF)

NYS Housing Trust Fund Corporation

The Low Income Housing Trust Fund Program (HTF) was established to help meet the critical need for decent, affordable housing for people of low income. Specifically, HTF provides funding to construct low-income housing, to rehabilitate vacant or under-utilized residential property, or to convert vacant non-residential property to residential use for occupancy by low-income homesteaders, tenants, tenant-cooperators or condominium owners. HTF can also provide seed money to eligible non-profit applicants who need financial assistance in developing a full HTF application.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be not-for-profit corporations or charitable organizations or their wholly-owned subsidiaries; housing development fund companies; municipalities; counties; housing authorities; private developers who limit their profits or rate of return of investors; or partnerships in which the non-profit partner has at least a 50 percent controlling interest. Low-income persons may not be direct recipients of payments, grants or loans form the corporation, but may receive such funds from another eligible applicant. Except for municipalities and counties, eligible applicants must have been in existence for at least one year prior to application and have as one of their primary purposes the improvement or provision of housing for low-income persons.

FUNDING: Approximately $23 million. Seed money of up to $45,000 per project is available and may be requested through your regional office at any time.

DEADLINE: February 8, 1999.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact your regional representative listed under the RESTORE program.

Development of Advanced Transportation Products

NYS Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announces a program to support the development, demonstration, and commercialization of innovative transportation products and systems. To be eligible for a contract award, proposals must, at minimum: include building or demonstrating a working prototype of a transportation product or system within 36 months; clearly identify energy, environmental, and economic benefits the proposed product will provide in New York state; if relevant, be consistent with regional transportation plans governing new systems and infrastructure; offer co-funding in the form of cash, labor, or other resources that the proposer or others plan to contribute to the project; and provide for royalty payments to NYSERDA upon product commercialization.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be able to meet the criteria listed above.

FUNDING: $1,000,000 is available to fund contracts of up to $250,000 per project. NYSERDA prefers its share of project costs to be at most 50% of the estimated cash value of all resources required to complete the project.

DEADLINE: January 14, 1999.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Jane Powers, PON No. 413-98, NYSERDA, Corporate Plaza West, 286 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany, NY 12203-6399;
fax (518) 862-1091; e-mail Please refer to Program Opportunity Notice (PON) No. 413-98.

…On the Federal Level

U.S. Department Of Health and Human Services

Prevention of HIV and other Important Health Problems Among Youth

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the availability of funds for cooperative agreements that establish national programs to prevent behaviors that place elementary through college-aged young people at risk for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), unintended pregnancy, and other important health problems. CDC expects to award cooperative agreements to national organizations that can become an integral part of a broad national strategy to prevent and reduce 1) sexual behaviors that result in HIV infection, STDs, and unintended pregnancy; 2) alcohol and other drug use; 3) tobacco use; 4) dietary patterns that result in disease; 5) intentional and unintentional injury; and 6) sedentary lifestyles among young people.

ELIGIBILITY: Eligible applicants are national health, education, and social service organizations including national parent and minority organizations that are private, nonprofit, professional, or voluntary. Eligible organizations must have affiliate offices or local, state, or regional membership constituencies in a minimum of 10 states and territories. Colleges and universities are not eligible to apply.

It is anticipated that $6 million will be available to fund approximately 25 awards.

DEADLINE: December 21, 1998.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Robert Hancock, Grants Management Specialist, Grants Management Branch, Procurement and Grants Office, Program Announcement 99-023, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Room 300, 255 East Paces Ferry Road, NE, Mail Stop E-18, Atlanta, Georgia 30305-2209; telephone (404) 842-6508; e-mail See also the CDC home page: To request an application, call
1 (888) GRANTS4. Please refer to Program Announcement 99023 when requesting information.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Culturally Diverse Academic Institutions (CDAI) Fellowships for Undergraduate and Graduate Environmental Study

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering Culturally Diverse Academic Institutions (CDAI) Graduate Fellowships for masters and doctoral level students in environmentally-related fields of study and Undergraduate Fellowships for students starting their final two years of study in the following majors: environmental science, physical sciences, biological sciences, computer science, environmental health, social sciences, mathematics or engineering.

CDAIs are defined as Historically Black Colleges or Universities, Hispanic Associations of Colleges or Universities and members of the American Indian Consortium for Higher Education.

The purpose of the fellowship programs is to encourage promising students to obtain degrees and pursue careers in environmentally related fields. It is a goal of the EPA to provide leadership in the nation’s environmental science, research, education, assessment, restoration, and preservation efforts.

Masters level students may receive support for up to two years. Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be citizens of the United States or its territories or possessions, or be lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence.

FUNDING: The Graduate Fellowship provides up to $34,000 per year of support. The Undergraduate Fellowship covers full tuition, fees, $250 towards the purchasing of books plus a $1,125 stipend over a nine-month period.

DEADLINE: Graduate Fellowships - January 13, 1999. Undergraduate Fellowships – January 15, 1999.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Consult the National Center for Environmental Research and Quality Assurance (NCERQA) home page at or call the Help Line at (800) 490-9194.

Grant Writing Workshop

Syracuse University Continuing Education is offering a grant writing workshop on March 19, 1999 on the university campus. The workshop covers successful strategies to obtain funding from government agencies and private foundations. Topics include: conducting needs assessment, developing project concepts, scanning the environment to identify potential funding sources, writing a successful proposal, budgeting and the use of the Internet in proposal development. Persons working in research, education, and community-based organizations will benefit from this course. The fee for the all-day workshop is $109. For more information and to register call Peg DeGuire at (315) 443-3271.

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